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Mauna Loa
2014-04-08 12:02:09

Mauna Loa is an active shield volcano that is located on the island of Hawaii and is one of five volcanoes that form the island. It reaches an elevation of 13,679 feet, slightly shorter than Mauna Kea, but it is still considered one of the volcanoes on Earth due to its length and depth. Its name means Long Mountain in the Hawaiian language. This volcano is thought to have emerged from the ocean...

Katla Volcano
2014-04-08 11:22:12

Katla Volcano, also known simply as Katla, is an active subglacial volcano that is located in southern Iceland. It reaches an elevation of 4,961 feet and encompasses an area of 230 square miles, making it one of the largest volcanoes in Iceland. Its caldera reaches a diameter of six miles and it is occasionally somewhat covered by the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. The volcano was named for its...

Mount Sinabung
2014-04-08 11:10:03

Mount Sinabung is an active stratovolcano that is located in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra. This volcano reaches an elevation of 8,071 feet and is part of the Sunda Arc, which was created when the Indo-Australian Plate moved underneath the Eurasian Plate. It holds four volcanic craters, although only one is active, and many hardened lava flows along its edges. Mount Sinabung has erupted...

Wendigo
2014-02-10 16:19:19

The Wendigo is a legendary demonic creature or spirit from the Algonquian people of the Atlantic coast, and the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada. It is said the Wendigo could either posses humans or be a human that has been transformed into a creature. One of its traits is that of cannibalism. The Algonquian people believed that the eating of human flesh would put the...

Red Sea Fire Urchin Asthenosoma marisrubri
2013-11-21 12:03:03

The Red Sea Fire Urchin or Toxic Leather Sea Urchin (Asthenosoma marisrubri) is a relatively common sea urchin with a widespread distribution within the Indo-Pacific, and was, until 1998, considered a color variant of Asthenosoma Varium. Sea urchins are close relatives are crinoids, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, and starfish, all being echinoderms. This species grows to 25 centimeters in...

Volcanology
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Volcanology is the study of volcanoes, magma, lava, and related geological, geochemical, and geophysical phenomena. The term volcanology comes from the Latin word Vulcan. Vulcan is the ancient Roman god of fire. A volcanologist is a person who studies the creation of volcanoes, and their current and historic eruptions. Volcanologists frequently visit volcanoes, particularly active ones, to...

Seismology
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Seismology is the scientific study of earthquakes and the spread of elastic waves through the Earth or through other planet-like bodies. The field includes studies of earthquake effects, such as tsunamis in addition to diverse seismic sources such as tectonic, volcanic, oceanic, atmospheric, and artificial processes. A related field that utilizes geology to infer information regarding past...

Jewelled Blenny Salarias fasciatus
2013-10-09 12:31:30

The Jewelled Blenny (Salarias fasciatus) is a well-known marine aquarium fish species in Australasia. In spite of being also known as the lawnmower blenny because of its propensity to consume algae growth from glass and rocks, it is mostly a detritivore, with plant material forming only 15 percent of its diet. This species reaches a length of 5.5 inches total length. The lawnmower blenny is...

Samoa Flying Fox Pteropus samoensis
2013-07-08 14:43:23

The Samoa flying fox (Pteropus samoensis), also known as the Samoan flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found in Samoa, American Samoa, and Fiji. It prefers a habitat within tropical and subtropical forests, but it can also be found near villages or plantations. It roosts in small colonies or alone in the forest canopy and females are thought to give birth to one pup per year....

Red Fruit Bat Stenoderma rufum
2013-06-18 12:15:56

The red fruit bat (Stenoderma rufum), also known as the red fig-eating bat, is a species of leaf-nosed bat that is native to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. It prefers a habitat within tropical or subtropical arid forests. There is little known about this species and most of the recorded information about this species has been gathered from a population in the Luquillo Mountains. It...

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tourtiere
  • a meat pie that is usually eaten at Christmas in Quebec
The word 'tourtiere' comes from the French tourte, or passenger pigeon.
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